But surely Championship clubs have a factor in these players being produced. Let's take cumbria for example. If you removed Barrow Workington and Whitehaven as clubs would the likes of Mossop, Harrison, Lunt and Amor ect of been produced? I highly doubt it. So the CC clubs surely had a factor in the production of 2 England internationals, several super league players and academy players or am I wrong? Didn't Cumbria have 7 respresentatives in the Barla under 18s team?
That's a key point.
If you remove Oldham will Waterhead, St.Annes and Saddleworth carry on playing??
If you remove Featherstone Rovers will Featherstone Lions give up???
If you remove Rochdale will Rochdale Mayfield give up??
I would say that today, when RL is a well respected professional game, played at a high level, and shown on Television the loss of the local championship club won't lead to the death of RL at amateur level.
In Leeds nobody really misses Bramley and would not have missed Hunslet and the junior clubs have gone from strength to strength - but there's an SL club to stimulate that.
In Barrow I feel your club IS important to the Furness area and I do feel your club underpins a strong game in Furness.
If only your population was bigger they would be a great addition to SL. It would be great if Barrow were Cumbrias SL club. Alternatively If only the west cumbria clubs could have merged into an SL club.
I don't think it's a matter of saying Cumbria needs failing championship clubs to keep up interest in RL
Cumbria actually need a superleague club to accelerate interest in RL.
Also the reality for me is in this modern age there is more substance to some top amateur clubs than there is in their local championship partners.
As Bramley were dying Stanningley were moving into their super new ground......
As Oldham struggle more fans watch the amateurs.....
Edited by The Parksider, 29 November 2012 - 11:21 PM.